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Local Webelos Scout Hopes to Name 2020 Mars Rover

Eamon Reilly, a 10-year-old Webelos Scout in Pack 67 (chartered to the Dover Lions Club), is one of nine potential semifinalists in NASA’s “Name the Rover” contest.  More than 28,000 students around the country sent in essays hoping to name the 2020 Mars Rover. Eamon hopes to make space history with his idea of naming...

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Our Council’s Approach to PA Background Clearances

To the New Birth of Freedom Council Scouting Family, Our Council heard from parents within one of our troops who expressed concerns about the Council’s management of state-mandated adult background clearances, and we took this concern seriously and actively worked to resolve the problem. As a recent news article from The York Dispatch has brought...

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BSA Names Roger C. Mosby as New CEO and President

The National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has named Roger C. Mosby as the organization’s CEO and President after a focused search, which was initiated when former CEO and President Michael B. Surbaugh retired after a tenure of more than four years. “As the BSA moves through an extraordinary time of...

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Welcome Michael Adelberg as Heritage Trails District Executive

We’re excited to introduce Michael Adelberg as District Executive for the Heritage Trails District.  Michael is a retired career Army officer who was most recently stationed at the United States Army War College in Carlisle from 2014 until his retirement earlier this year. Michael brings his 25 years of leadership and problem-solving experience to his...

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Meet Our 2020 Summer Camp Leadership Team

We’re excited to introduce our summer camp leadership team for Hidden Valley and Tuckahoe for 2020. Anthony Cole will be returning for his second summer as Camp Director at Hidden Valley after doing a terrific job in that role in 2019. Tony has served on the HVSR summer camp staff each year since 2012, with...

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Service Centers Closed Veterans Day; Scout Shops Open

The Mechanicsburg and York Service Centers will be closed on Monday, November 11 to commemorate Veterans Day.  Both the Mechanicsburg and York Scout Shops, however, will be open for their regular business hours that day. We’d like to salute all veterans for their service to our country. On this Veterans Day, let us take a...

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BSA Membership Fee Increases for 2020

We had previously notified you last month that the Boy Scouts of America had informed local councils that a membership fee increase for youth and adult members was likely. Today, the National Executive Board decided to increase annual membership fees, effective January 1, 2020, as follows: $60 for youth members in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA,...

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Hershey Bears Scout Nights

The Hershey Bears are hosting three special Scout Nights during the 2019-20 American Hockey League season, including the 15th annual Scout Sleepover at Giant Center on Friday, March 13. Special ticket discounts for Scout groups (minimum 15 or more attendees) are available for home games on December 28 (vs. Wilkes Barre Scranton), February 8 (vs. Springfield)...

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BSA Membership Fees Increase Likely for 2020

Earlier this week, the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America notified all local councils that a membership fee increase for youth members and adult leaders is likely.  These new fees would take effect as of January 1, 2020.  This anticipated change is due to the significant cost increase of the liability insurance the...

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Seeking Prayers for Jack Carr’s Recovery

To the New Birth of Freedom Council Scouting Family, Earlier this week, I was incredibly saddened to hear the news that Jack Carr, former Scout Executive of the Keystone Area Council and the first Director of Development for the New Birth of Freedom Council, has recently been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.   Jack,...

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